Maurice Arthur Howe (1927 - 2014)

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HADLEY - Maurice Arthur Howe, 86, passed away Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, at the Elaine Center for Rehabilitation in Hadley, with family by his side.

Maurice was born Nov. 5, 1927, the third son of James and Frances Howe of Cottesloe, Western Australia.

He received a bachelor's degree from University of Western Australia, a master's degree with honors from the University of Melbourne, and doctor of education degree from the University of Massachusetts.

During his career in Australia, he was the chief psychologist for the Department of Labor, head of the department of psychology, then dean for Swinburne Institute of Technology. He was a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society, the Australian Human Resources Institute, and the Institute of Personnel Management.

His program, Developing Helping Skills, was taught for 20 years in his native country as well as Britain and the United States. Maurice believed in the importance of teaching interpersonal skills that would enhance all work places. In retirement, he ran Education Australia, a student exchange program and the Creative Connection, an extension of his skills for life teaching. He also taught in local colleges part-time.

An avid world traveler, he met his second wife Frances in 1981 while on sabbatical. Together they made an international family.

Maurice was a member of Amherst Rotary for 19 years and received the Paul Harris Fellow for service to the community and the Rotary Club. As a member of the Legends Amherst Golf Club he enjoyed many years of golf and companionship with friends, always ready for a game. Growing up at the beach informed Maurice's pleasure for swimming, body surfing and spear fishing. He enjoyed jazz, dancing, gardening, painting, writing poetry, stamp collecting, the Red Sox and movies. He embraced new experiences such as building his own mud brick house and travel. He had a unique perspective on life and a wry sense of humor.

He loved his country and even though he eventually became a U.S. Citizen it was only done while retaining his Australian Citizenship. In the past year he published his memoir of formative stories from his Australian life.

Predeceased are his brothers Lyle and John and his eldest son Peter.

He is survived by his son Steve Howe and his wife Mary, their children Megan and Kitty and her husband James vanCuylenberg, and his great-granddaughter Emmeline, his daughter Mandy Howe and her two children, Bridget and Charley, his grandson Thomas Kempster and mother Lisa all of Australia. In the United States, he is survived by his wife Frances of 32 years, his step-son Jason Todd and wife Jessie, their children Malcolm and Stella and step-daughter Sara Todd Gooch, husband Jason, and their children Hazel and Simon.

A celebration of life service will be held Friday, Aug. 8, at 11 a.m. at South Congregational Church of Amherst.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rotary Club of Amherst Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 542, Amherst, MA 01004.

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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Aug. 5, 2014
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